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How Metaverse will reshape FinTech and Payments

Among many other industries, the metaverse has sparked a desire among financial innovators to learn how FinTechs and banks can provide financial services in this entirely new world. The Metaverse is about to create new business models that could lead to the emergence of crypto as a large-scale alternative financial system.

Other large companies and smaller FinTechs are also looking to develop digital worlds. These types of digital financial ecosystems can support activities and transactions in the metaverse.

So what is the Metaverse actually and will it really impact FinTech?  

The Metaverse is a convergence of our physical and digital worlds that is being brought on by advancements in internet connectivity and blockchain. It’s a combination of multiple elements of technology including virtual reality, augmented reality, and video where users live within a digital universe. Supporters of the Metaverse envision its users working, playing, and staying connected with friends through everything ranging from concerts and conferences to virtual trips around the world. It has been described as an even more immersive and embodied internet where you're going to be able to do almost anything you can imagine: get together with friends and family, work, learn, play, shop, and create. as well as an entirely new category that doesn't really fit with how we think about computers and phones today. 

How Metaverse will reshape FinTech

Judging by Facebook's latest moves in payments, we suspect that they will look into the blockchain to power transactions in its metaverse. Another element worth mentioning are NFTs: Twitter, amongst other giant online platforms, plan to let creators share the NFTs on its platform by connecti ng their crypto wallets. NFTs could let creators sell their content without intermediaries and can build online communities, a key feature of a metaverse. As Facebook and Microsoft position themselves as the gatekeeper to their own metaverse, FinTech startups could benefit from integrating their solutions into their ecosystems. Alternatively, larger fintech players may explore creating their own metaverses. Coinbase's upcoming NFT marketplace for example will include personal feeds based on each user's interest to help connect them with like-minded users and creators. 

As you may have noticed all of this ties in with decentralized finance as the regular banking sector is nowhere to be seen in the metaverse. Instead, decentralized finance or Defi solutions that leverage blockchain technology are taking off within the metaverse. If conventional banks continue to remain absent in this space the momentum of people living in the metaverse is only expected to increase. And DeFI will surge just based on a number of transactions increasing multi-fold. Right now, each metaverse platform so far has tried to use a different cryptocurrency.

What we are curious about today is what impact YOU think this all to have on the FinTech industry? Share your thoughts down the comments below.

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